Recommended Reading

At Central Synagogue

General Judaism

  • Basic Judaism
    by Milton Steinberg
  • The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism
    by Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin
  • Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People & History
    by Joseph Telushkin
  • God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
    by Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • The Jewish Religion: A Companion
    by Louis Jacobs
  • What is a Jew?
    by Morris Kertzer
  • The Jewish Book of Why (Vol 1 & 2)
    by Alfred Kolatch
  • The Jewish Home
    by Daniel Syme


  • The Zionist Idea
    by Arthur Hertzberg
  • The Case for Israel
    by Alan Dershowitz
  • Exodus
    by Leon Uris
  • O Jerusalem!
    by Dominique Lapierre & Larry Collins

Ethics & Values

  • The Book of Jewish Values
    by Joseph Telushkin
  • The Way of Man
    by Martin Buber
  • A Code of Jewish Ethics (Vol 1 & 2)
    by Joseph Telushkin
  • Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics
    by Leonard Kravitz and Kerry Olitzky
  • The Jewish Moral Virtues
    by Eugene Borowitz and Frances Weinman Schwartz


  • Man's Quest for God
    by Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Choices in Modern Jewish Thought
    by Eugene Borowitz
  • God Was in This Place and I Did Not Know It
    by Lawrence Kushner
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People
    by Rabbi Harold Kushner
  • Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses
    by Rifat Sonsino & Daniel Syme


  • The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays
    by Rabbi Irving Greenberg
  • The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
    by Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Seasons of our Joy
    by Arthur Waskow


  • History of the Jews
    by Paul Johnson
  • Jewish People, Jewish Thought
    by Robert M. Seltzer


  • A Holocaust Reader: Responses to the Nazi Extermination
    by Michael L. Morgan
  • The War Against the Jews
    by Lucy Dawidowicz
  • Night
    by Elie Wiesel
  • Holocaust: Religious & Philosophical Implications
    edited by John K. Roth & Michael Berenbaum
  • Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault of Truth and Memory
    by Deborah Lipstadt
  • The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
    by Simon Wiesenthal


  • A Guide to Jewish Prayer
    by Adin Steinsaltz
  • Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service
    by Reuven Hammer

Conversion & Interfaith

  • Choosing a Jewish Life
    by Anita Diamant
  • Choosing Judaism
    by Lydia Kukoff
  • Embracing the Covenant: Converts to Judaism talk about Why and How
    by Rabbi Allan L. Berkowitz & Patti Moskovitz.
  • Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage
    by Kerry Olitzky
  • If I'm Jewish and You're Christian, What Are the Kids? A Parenting guide for Interfaith Families
    by Andrea King

Reform Judaism

  • American Reform Judaism: An Introduction
    by Dana Evan Kaplan
  • Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement
    by Michael Meyer
  • The Reform Jewish Reader: North American Documents
    by Michael Meyer & Gunther Plaut
  • Liberal Judaism
    by Eugene Borowitz


  • A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice
    by Michael Strassfeld
  • The Journey Home: Discovering the Deep Spiritual Wisdom of Jewish Tradition
    by Lawrence Hoffman
  • Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide
    by Aryeh Kaplan

Text Study

  • The Soul of the Text: An Anthology of Jewish Literature
    by the Great Books Foundation
  • Invitation to Talmud
    by Jacob Neusner
  • Walking the Bible
    by Bruce Feiler
  • Back to the Sources: Reading The Classic Jewish Texts
    edited by Barry Holtz
  • Who Wrote the Bible?
    by Richard Friedman
  • Taking Hold of Torah
    by Arnold Eisen

Parenting & Family

  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
    by Wendy Mogul
  • How to Raise a Jewish Child
    by Anita Diamant
  • Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah
    by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

Fiction & Other Interests

  • As a Driven Leaf
    by Milton Steinberg
  • The Collected Stories
    by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Yiddush: A Nation of Words
    by Miriam Weinstein
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
    by Michael Chabon
  • The Talmud and the Internet
    by Jonathan Rosen
  • The Fixer
    by Bernard Malamud
  • The Red Tent
    by Anita Diamant